Books of the Kindling, Book 3
Sticks and stones may threaten bones, but her words can conquer both body and soul.
During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Jake Moser has been called to Woodruff Mountain a few times to deal with some rather weird situations. Now, recovering from a bullet wound that should have killed him and fending off his mother’s ravings about the evil that lurks on the mountain, he’s making alternate career plans.
Just as those plans begin to take shape, someone starts kidnapping newborn babies, then returning them unharmed. To make things even more interesting, an irritating adversary from his past has returned to bedevil him in a whole new, delightful way.
After her erratic psychic gift forced her to abandon her home and a promising musical career, Thea Woodruff has spent years trying, unsuccessfully, to atone for the death of Becca Moser, Jake’s sister. Once she has mourned those she’s lost and apologized to those she’s failed, she intends to flee her mountain once again.
Jake would rather she stay to compose a new tune—with him. But their complicated harmony reveals a guilty secret that threatens not only their future, but their lives…
Warning: A temperamental flute-player returns to torment an old flame, but he has other ideas, and the music they make together is combustible—and magical.
I LOVED this book. My favorite of the series SO Far! the author has done it again: created extremely likeable characters and placed them in a page turning plot. Jake Moser, otherwise known as the sheriff from the previous books, is the male lead with Thea Woodruff as the heroine with a compelling voice. In this book, i felt that the plot was more organic because Jake and Thea were basically attempting to live their lives and reunite and boom intrigue smacks them in the face. The author introduces a new overarching plot device (no spoilers) in a vague enough way that it will feel fresh when she expands upon it in her next book. Definitely would read again and definitely will recommend to anyone who enjoys books with well developed characters in page turning storylines with more than a hint of magic.
When she’s not being dragged down the sidewalk by her Jack Russell (if you know Jacks, you understand), Donna June Cooper is belly dancing (shiny!), reading (three books at once), writing (of course!) or complaining about the heat (no matter the temperature). A child of the Appalachians who was transplanted to Texas by her Italian husband, Donna returns to her mountain roots as often as possible, and takes her readers with her in her Books of the Kindling.